10 October 2011

Warrior: a daft movie with a kick in the tale

It may be a hackneyed promo for mixed martial arts, but Gavin O’Connor’s film still moves you in the end.

29 September 2011

A true triumph of style over substance

Combining a cool, kitsch soundtrack, extreme violence and a tooth pick, Drive is a brilliant, profound play upon the action movie.

23 September 2011

Did the world need another Jane Eyre?

Cary Fukunaga’s new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic is beautifully shot and acted, but a bit pointless.

2 September 2011

A spy thriller, without the self-importance

David Hare’s Page Eight tried to Say Something Important, and it was all the better for having failed to do so.

Books 26 August 2011

A story in which everything has already happened

Julian Barnes’ masterful retelling of a life lived in retrospect is also an exploration of the human desire to give life meaning and order.

25 August 2011

Taking the talent out of a music show

Sordid backstories, ineffably crap auditions and no Cheryl Cole – The X Factor’s back and it’s better than ever.

17 August 2011

Clichéd encounters of the Spielberg kind

By paying loving homage to the movie-making era of ET, Super 8 only flags up its own lack of magic.

11 February 2011

The roots of a musical movement

BBC4’s Reggae Britannia shows how Jamaican music provided a joyous soundtrack to political rebellion.

8 October 2009

The indie scene is fun, but it isn’t radical

A new documentary about the music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties tries far too hard to stand up to ‘the man’.

26 February 2009

Nowt so queer as folk

Brought up by parents who listened to Fairport Convention, I've always been suspicious of folk - until I heard Ranger3.